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Herbie Hancock at Carnegie Hall concert review + the return of Michael Brecker

I was just reading this interesting review of a gala concert hosted by Herbie Hancock at Carnegie Hall last week, and from that article, learned of tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker's first public appearance in about three years. I thought that was kind of cool, given how sick he's been for the last little while. I read somewhere recently that he took a bone marrow transplant from his daughter or something, but that was only after a lengthy and ultimately unsuccessful search for a proper genetic match for him. He has MDS, a rare and not easily treatable form of cancer.

For some reason, I kind of got goosebumps when I read about Brecker walking out on stage and the audience leaping to its feet. On a related note, I recently watched the Joni MItchell 1979 concert video Shadows and Light, which features Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Don Alias and Mike Brecker in her band. Their rendition of Joni's funky blues The Drycleaner from Des Moines has a really fantastic Brecker solo in it, and watching those dudes with their wacky 1979 clothes (all except Metheny, who looks exactly the same now as he did then) was entertaining.

As far as the Herbie concert is concerned, I sure wish I could have seen it. I also wish I could have seen this semi-private Prince gig at NY club Butter. God-DAMN.
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